Osteopathy is a form of therapy that applies manual contact for medical assessment and treatment. According to benchmarks for training in osteopathy guidelines published by the World Health Organization (WHO), osteopathic practitioners use a wide variety of therapeutic manual techniques to improve physiological function and/or support homeostasis that has been altered by somatic (body framework) dysfunction. Osteopathic practice thus aims to restore (and maintain) a person’s body to its overall natural state of well-being.
The Canadian College of Osteopathy defines our work as “a natural medicine which aims to restore function in the body by treating causes of pain and imbalance.”
- It’s natural because nothing is added. There are no medications or remedies.
- It’s natural because nothing is subtracted. There is no surgery.
- Practitioners diagnose a patient’s problems by ‘listening’ to the state of the tissues or systems being examined. They’re paying extremely close attention for moisture, texture, temperature differentiation, and subtle motion.
- Congestion, dehydration, scarring, stiffness, density, and the loss of resilience can all be detected.
- It’s a trained skill that takes many years to develop and is rigorously overseen by professional bodies like the Canadian College of Osteopathy.
- Osteopathic Manual Therapists use only their hands.
Once you arrive at our clinic, your Osteopathic Manual Therapist (OMT) will ask you to complete a full questionnaire. It will cover your needs and your medical history. Then, a physical evaluation will be done. Together with you, our team will establish a treatment plan and you will have an opportunity to ask any question. Then, using a gentle manual approach, your treatment will begin.
There are a number of factors that will determine how many treatments you’ll need to start seeing results. These include whether your condition is acute or chronic, your age (infant or adult), the complexity of your problem etc. We wish that complete recovery would be possible for every one of our patients. Unfortunately, it is not always possible. We will use the best of our knowledge to inform you about the possibilities and limitation of what we can do for your specific condition.
Most of our children patients come 3 to 5 times over a period of 1 to 3 months. For adults, within the first 3 to 6 treatments over a period of 6 to 8 weeks, we should have a good idea if this form of therapy can benefit you. We usually suggest waiting one or two weeks between treatments for integration.
After that, many patient come back periodically because they find treatment helps to improve their function. Some patients presenting chronic condition will come consistently to be able to continue to enjoy their activities in life.
Many private insurance companies will cover treatments with our registered osteopathic therapists. Make sure to check with your insurance company to see if your plan includes Osteopathy, and if your insurance company recognizes the Alberta Association of Osteopathic Manual Therapists
After each visit, we provide you with a detailed receipt. You may then submit this receipt to your insurance company to be reimbursed for your visit. Please note : we do not offer direct billing and Alberta Health Care does not cover Osteopathy.
Please wear leggings, yoga pants or a loose pair of shorts, and a T-shirt or tank top.
Although medical doctors and other healthcare professionals often refer patients to our clinic, no prescription is required. Please note, however, that some insurance companies may require a doctor’s referral as a stipulation of coverage. We suggest that you verify directly with your insurance company about their coverage.
While lab, XRay and/or MRI test results are not required in order for us to provide treatment, this kind of information is important to your OMT in establishing a good treatment plan. So, if you have any of these reports, please bring them to your appointment.
All of our Osteopathic Manual Therapists (OMTs) have completed a 4- or 5-year Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Osteopathy. This is on top of having previously obtained a Bachelor’s Degree. Our team members have degrees in physiotherapy, kinesiology and occupational therapy.
Continuing education is important to us! The members of our team meet and exceed the required 30 hours per year required by the Alberta Association of Osteopathic Manual Therapists in post-graduate courses, in teaching and in presenting at different symposiums.
Please note that we are not osteopathic physicians. We are trained at schools that specialize in osteopathic manual therapy.
Although AHC does not cover Naturopathic Medicine, most extended health care plans provide coverage. Plans typically provide coverage for naturopathy provided by a licensed Naturopathic Doctor. We advise all clients to consult their plan provider’s brochure, web site or representative.
As registered primary health care providers, naturopathic doctors can treat any conditions, which you would go to a medical doctor for. In addition, Naturopathic Doctors work from a more preventative perspective and prefer to treat health issues early before they turn into chronic health problems.
Yes. Naturopathic Doctors frequently rely on diagnostic testing before installing a treatment protocol. These include conventional testing, such as blood work, urinalysis, etc., as well as Naturopathic testing including saliva hormone testing, stool analysis, food sensitivity testing, vitamin/mineral analyses, hair mineral analysis, etc.
Typically your first two appointments with your Naturopath will be 60 – 90 minutes in length. During the first visit you will discuss your health concerns and your medical history. A thorough health history will be taken and any necessary testing may be ordered or results of testing requested from other practitioners. Initial recommendations will be made. During the second visit, a physical exam will usually be performed and a personalized treatment plan put into place. Subsequent visits are usually 30 min in length to follow-up and continue with the treatment.
Naturopathic doctors receive their training at one of 6 accredited schools in North America following the completion of pre-Medical sciences degree at the undergraduate level.
In addition, naturopathic doctors must:
- Successfully complete a 4-year-full time program in an accredited school of Naturopathic Medicine that includes more than 4,500 hours of classroom training and 1,500 hours of supervised clinical experience.
- Pass NPLEX board exams that are written after the 2nd year and 4th year of study. NPLEX is the standard examination used by all licensing jurisdictions for Naturopathic doctors in North America.
- Meet the Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits as required by the provincial regulatory boards on an ongoing basis.
Acupuncture is an effective treatment that has been used for over 3000 years to help people become healthy and stay healthy. Acupuncture activates the natural healing system in the body and encourages the body to heal itself. It enhances the immune system, helps with pain management and emotional well being . It is a safe and virtually painless treatment and it is effective at treating many different health concerns.
No Acupuncture is virtually painless and very thin needles are inserted into the skin . It is possible to feel a sensation of heaviness or pulsing but nothing that is uncomfortable . It is very relaxing and it is common for most people to fall asleep during the treatment.
It is very dependent on the person and what condition they have. Normally it is between 4 to 10 treatments. If the condition is chronic it can take longer to heal. It is common to feel a difference after the 2nd to 4th treatment but I have seen results after the 1st treatment as well. Acupuncture is cumulative and it is important that you continue with the treatment plan that your acupuncturist sets out for you so that you can get results and the most benefit from acupuncture.
Acupuncture is effective at treating a variety of ailments such as, musculoskeletal pain, sciatica, neck pain, stress management, insomnia, infertility, migraines ,TMJ, dysmenorrhea, low back pain, hypertension, symptoms during pregnancy and PMS . Acupuncture is a therapy that is used to prevent illness in the body by keeping you in a state of health and wellness.